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    1956 Ted Williams Game Worn Boston Red Sox Jersey, MEARS A7. True greatness is, by its nature, uncompromising, and we've seen the evidence in every form of human endeavor, from great leaders, great explorers, great writers, great athletes. The same passion that fueled Ted Williams through the last .400 season, and inspired him to risk the mark on the last, strategically meaningless day of the season rather than ride the bench to protect it, drove his decision to land his crippled fighter jet in Korea rather than bail out. Failure was always a possibility, for any man--even during that historic 1941 season he had failed three times out of five. But Williams always gave it his best, and any suggestion otherwise was taken as the greatest of insults.

    It was primarily for this reason that the greatest player ever to provide the entirety of his Hall of Fame service to the Boston Red Sox maintained an uneasy relationship with the press and fans, believing the former to be unfairly aligned against him and the latter fickle and unforgiving, quick to cast aspersions at any miscue. He was feeling particularly surly as he came to the plate in a scoreless home game on July 17, 1956 to face Kansas City Athletics pitcher Tom Gorman.

    So when the crowd that had jeered him, despite all he'd done in fifteen seasons, rose to their feet to cheer as his solo shot cleared the outfield wall to record his 400th homer and score what would prove to be the game's only run, he only felt his blood boil more. As he crossed home plate, he glared up at the press box and let a jet of spit fly. For the transgression, and two more in an incident a couple weeks later, the American League fined Williams $5,000, a figure that would have been the largest monetary penalty ever levied against a ballplayer, had he ever paid it.

    It would be impossible to assign any particular jersey to that textbook example of Williams' bristling brilliance--the design features are too consistent, unlike Yankee pinstripes--but this garment was part of his wardrobe that 1956 season he raised a figurative finger to his fair weather friends.

    The fashion is instantly recognizable--"Red Sox" in red and navy Old English font across the chest and the immortal number "9" on verso. Lower left front tail holds the proper "Tim McAuliffe Inc." manufacturer's label above red chain-stitching reading, "56, 46, 2 in, 9" sewn directly into the jersey body.

    The picture-perfect specimen loses all three of its points deducted from an otherwise perfect ten rating to "minimal" wear. It presents as a picture-perfect specimen, free of any of the staining or moth damage typical of ancient flannel. A centerpiece for any great Red Sox assembly. LOA from MEARS, A7. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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